Monday, November 29, 2021

Christianity in the Holy Land 

Submitted PhotoDr. Mitri Raheb

Submitted PhotoDr. Mitri Raheb


On Wednesday, November 16, Marco Lutheran Church, as part of the Visiting Scholar Program, will welcome Dr. Mitri Raheb, a theologian and pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a “Taste of Palestine,” light hors d’oeuvres of Palestinian cuisine. At 7:45 PM, Dr. Raheb will present, “Assuring that Christianity Survives and Thrives in the Holy Land.”

According to Beth Chase, former director of Bright Stars of Bethlehem:

“Growing numbers of people, especially here in the U.S., are seeking greater understanding in the ‘world neighborhood’. As Christians our witness in the world has a huge impact. Knowing that Palestinian Christians who are witnesses in the Holy Land and all of the Middle East is a call for understanding and building relationships. This witness also uses the arts to extend the culture and HOPE when surrounded by walls or wars is even more remarkable, but it is building the soul, making room to breathe and providing a future for generations to come.”

This is a free event, with limited seating, and pre-registration is required. Pre-register by email at or call Marco Lutheran Church at 239-394-0332. Marco Lutheran Church is located at 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. If you are unable to attend, the event will be live streamed at, at approximately 7:45 PM on November 16.

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